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Interim President Outlines Roadmap For Future Of Texas A&M University

Mark A. Welsh III detailed eight key priorities for moving ahead, saying success depends on the entire campus community.
By Texas A&M University Division of Marketing and Communications November 30, 2023

a photo of Mark A. Welsh III speaking onstage at Rudder Theatre
Texas A&M University Interim President Mark A. Welsh III delivers the State of the University address at Rudder Theatre in College Station, Texas, on Nov. 29, 2023.

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Texas A&M University Interim President Mark A. Welsh III outlined priorities for the future of the university during a State of the University address on Wednesday in Rudder Theatre.

Welsh, who was named the sole finalist for the position of president earlier this month, told the crowd of nearly 750 faculty, staff, students and community members that his plan was merely the start of the conversation, “because we have to decide whether that’s the right place to go and we’ve got to decide what’s the best way to get there.”

The former Bush School dean and retired four-star Air Force general thanked the campus community for moving the university forward.

“Thanks for really embracing that desire to get back on track and thanks for being part of the solution,” he said near the beginning of the one-hour address.


Welsh, who called the opportunity to represent the university an “unbelievable privilege,” outlined eight priorities for the university:

  1. Fix the foundation: “Right-size” faculty and staff to keep up with the university’s growth; do a market analysis on salaries across the campus; prioritize infrastructure investments; have a realistic, executable capital project plan; and optimize plans for a target student number.
  2. Define our research identity: What areas of research are we known for and can we bundle it for marketing optimization.
  3. Build our academic roadmap: How are we adjusting to changes in education?
  4. Make Texas A&M a constant in the national conversation: Elevate our reputation by playing to our strengths so that A&M is always being discussed in some way.
  5. Create the nation’s number one student experience: Listen to students, benchmark peers, invest in a structured way over time and partner with the Student Government Association.
  6. Graduate great citizens — not just great Aggies: Emphasize rights and responsibilities of citizenship along with the value of public service.
  7. Become the nation’s number one veteran-serving university: Tailor certificate and degree programs to veterans with flexible content delivery, job placement and scholarship support.
  8. Increase engagement with affiliate foundations and associations: Work with Texas A&M Foundation, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, The Association of Former Students, the 12th Man Foundation and the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association to better serve Aggies and A&M.

Welsh said the only requirement for the plan to be successful “is that we walk down this road together.”

“I’m not talking about fixing something that’s broken,” he said. “I’m just talking about making it stronger.”

Welsh said it would take the entire campus community to re-embrace the spirit of Aggieland and put the university in a position to take the next step.

“I can’t plan or execute that stuff by myself at all, but we can,” he said. “I’m ready to get to work, and I hope you’ll join me.”


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